This article was written by Vanessa Caporrino, a close friend of the Gallo family. 

On Sunday, Aug. 7 at 12 p.m., there will be a special spinraiser at Joyride Wilton in memory of Wilton dad Chris Gallo, who died last year at the age of 43. All donations will be given to his wife, Lucy Gallo for the college fund of their sons, Ethan and Dylan.

For those of you who didn’t know Chris, I’d like to take a moment to share some special thoughts about him. Chris and Lucy moved to Wilton to raise their family many years ago. Ethan had already been born, and Dylan was on his way. For Chris, a Bronx native, moving to the suburbs was a little daunting. He quickly grew to obsess about the lawn, learned to split wood and was quick to shovel the snow from his driveway. Like most of us, Chris and Lucy did what they felt was best for their family by moving to Wilton. I’ve seen the love Wilton has showered on the Gallos this past year. They chose the right town. We all did.

Chris’ true love was his wife, Lucy. He adored her, always complimenting her and showing her affection. Theirs was true love. He also adored his sons and was so incredibly proud of them. He’d bring the boys to the driving range, to baseball practice, wherever they’d want to go. He would find a way to make it happen. He was an amazing husband, and an amazing father.

Chris was always up for spending time with friends. Whether it was golfing, splitting wood, blowing leaves, or watching football and baseball, Chris was happy to join the fun. Cool and calm, he was always smiling, and always ready to keep the party going. When he brought out his fryer, those at the party knew it was going to be a fun night. Chris had an eclectic appreciation for music, as you will all hear at the spinraiser this Sunday. From Billy Joel to Pearl Jam to LL Cool J, he liked it all. He really was a wonderful guy. My husband would call him to help with the most random projects, and Chris was always ready to pitch in.

When Chris passed last year, it was a shock to all. How such a vibrant, healthy man could leave us so suddenly is still a mystery. This past year has been a roller coaster for those close to the Gallos and of course for Lucy, Ethan and Dylan. For months and months, there were so many sad tears. Conversations about missing him, and how we are all so sad he isn’t here with us, are never going to go away. However, something new is being added to those conversations – JOY.

JOY when we see his amazing wife Lucy find the strength to raise her boys the way Chris would have wanted.

JOY when we look into Ethan and Dylan’s smiling faces, and see them so happy when they’ve won their baseball games.

JOY when we see his initials “CG” on the Wilton Little League baseball uniforms.

JOY that no matter what sport season it is, wings are on the menu.

JOY when we sit by a fire pit listening to his music.

JOY at our late night dance parties and knowing the kids have better dance moves than the adults.

JOY when we hear a JoyRide instructor unknowingly play one of his songs.

He hasn’t left us, because he is with us whenever we feel JOY. That is what we need to remember about Chris Gallo. So, the next time you have a beer, do a “cheers” to Chris, because I think that will bring him much JOY.

To participate in Sunday’s spinraiser, register on the JoyRide Wilton website. A donation of $50 per bike can be paid at the time of the class. Class will be 50 minutes long, and all that’s necessary are sneakers and a water bottle. Refreshments will be provided at the end of class. To make a donation without participating, email Vanessa Caporrino.

See you on Sunday.